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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Spain's new OA telescope

Eduardo Martínez, The world’s first free, open access astronomical observatory officially opened, Innovations Report, January 27, 2009.  Excerpt:

The Montegancedo Astronomical Observatory, based at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid’s School of Computing and part of the Madrid Region’s ASTROCAM network, was officially opened on 23 January 2009, coinciding with the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

In his brief talk, [Francisco Sánchez Moreno the head of the observatory and professor at the School of Computing] explained...that this is the first free, open access astronomical observatory in the world....

[The observatory software, developed at the school] provides a number of tools for running astronomical experiments, building scenarios and remotely controlling telescopes, cameras and domes. Also it enables internauts to access the observatory from their own homes and experience different astronomical events. Last December, [the software] was awarded second prize in the 8th New Applications for Internet contest, organized by the New Generation Internet Chair....

PS:  If I understand it, the Montegancedo observatory provides open access to the equipment as well as --or because-- it provides open access to its data.